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C. L. Max Nikias
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C. L. Max Nikias is president of the University of Southern California.

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Building a New Global Higher Education Model

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 8:58 AM

Recent history is littered with examples of multinational corporations meeting spectacular failure on the international stage. Too often, cultural misunderstandings of other nations' customer bases or corporate environments cripple a company's efforts to enter foreign marketplaces. Not only have such catastrophic missteps cost companies billions of dollars, they have impeded...

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All that Economic Jazz

(4) Comments | Posted March 25, 2009 | 10:54 AM

A quintessential American art is the secret to future success.


Jazz, that distinctly American art form, has been called "the sound of surprise" -- and America's successes in competitiveness over the past century have similarly resulted from the distinctly American appetite for surprise and for bold experimentation.

That...

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A Letter to the Non-College Bound American Male

(24) Comments | Posted May 2, 2008 | 2:54 PM

Dear Young Man Planning to Skip College:

In the wake of this spring's college decision deadline for America's two and half million prospective university students, I have been thinking about your situation.

I heard someone muse out loud the other day about how a young person could do well...

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Learning for a Lifetime

(3) Comments | Posted February 28, 2008 | 5:34 PM

Lifelong learning is our new reality. And it is here that new communications technologies offer opportunities that transcend physical borders and boundaries.

I've discussed how, between the ages of 17 and 22, a person's mind and spirit open wide, as she begins to explore her world, her place in...

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Universities: What Won't Change

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2008 | 12:15 AM

I hope in this coming year to share some ideas and insights regarding the manner in which societal change demands intelligent responses from our universities. I believe it is imperative for our nation's citizens to understand the role that our leading universities play -- as founts of new ideas, engines...

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Squandering America's Intellectual Capital

(3) Comments | Posted December 12, 2007 | 7:38 PM

It is ironic that, at a time when a new international survey by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has reminded us that America's K-12 educational system is failing our youngest citizens, Congress is now jeopardizing America's greatest resource for education and competitiveness -- our research universities.

Fueled by...

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Imagining American Leadership

(16) Comments | Posted November 26, 2007 | 8:20 PM

Our presidential candidates could use a little more imagination. In fact, imagination is the very trait that our nation would do well to hoard in coming decades.

Would-be presidents have offered various education-related formulas for continued American competitiveness. This involves such good-faith efforts as increased support for K-12 education...

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